Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a particular food or ingredient, which occurs every time the food is eaten. Food intolerance is when the body is unable to deal with a certain foodstuff, usually because it doesn’t produce enough of the chemical or enzyme needed to properly digest that particular food. One of the most common intolerances is to cow’s milk, which contains a certain type of sugar called lactose.
Conditions sometimes linked to food intolerance include arthritis, asthma, ADHD, bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, coeliac disease, constipation, diarrhoea, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, itchy skin problems, and nasal congestion. While many of these problems are genetic and in many cases have no link to food intolerance, there are some cases where food intolerance exacerbates the problem. Food intolerance can develop slowly, the initial symptoms being lack of energy, brain fog, and a general feeling of being unwell which can persist for years.
Food intolerance test
Whelehans Food Intolerance Testing Service checks for food intolerance to 59 of the most common causes of food intolerance. If a patient tests positive to certain foods, the simple act of eliminating the food could have a massive positive impact on overall wellbeing.
Food intolerance tests are not meant as a substitute for a full medical check-up from your GP.
Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar (opposite the Greville Arms Hotel ). Call (044 ) 9334591 or see www.whelehans.ie